MotoGP rookie Eugene Laverty produced his best performance to date in his debut season in the premier class to qualify in 14th place at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit on the Aspar Honda.

Laverty performed strongly in Argentina in FP3 and FP4, setting the 12th and 13th fastest times respectively on the Open class RC213V-RS and is feeling confident for Sunday's race as he attempts to bag his first premier class points on his race bow at the venue.

"Today has certainly been my best day since I'm in MotoGP. This morning we did a great job, getting really close to the top ten. In Qatar we improved, in Austin too and here we have done it again," said the 28-year-old Irishman.

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"Our feeling with the Honda is getting better, we were able to conclude today in 14th position, so I consider it a positive result. The good thing is we've got a fast lap, but also in the final practice session we had a strong pace on hard tyres.

"Today we made some changes to the chassis which allowed me to brake harder. We still need a little more manoeuvrability in the front end, so during the warm-up session will make a couple of small tests," added Laverty, who lapped in 1m 39.434s in Q1.

"In general the bike set up is good. I am satisfied, tomorrow I hope to end the weekend successfully, I would definitely like to get some points and have a good battle."

Laverty qualified ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama (15th), who is standing in once more for Dani Pedrosa in the Repsol Honda team, with his team-mate Nicky Hayden five places behind in 20th.